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    New disk file format to replace FAT-32

    Exciting news for the XP (SP2 and SP3) and Vista* users who have been inconvenienced by the limitations on the maximum FAT-32 file size for some time...

    <big>exFAT - extended FAT-32 file format</big> (download is about 3.2 MB)

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    This article discusses the key features and benefits of the extended File Allocation Table (exFAT) file system driver for Windows XP. In response to OEM feedback and to Independent Software Vendor (ISV) feedback, Microsoft released the exFAT file system driver for Windows XP on January 27, 2009.

    The exFAT file system is the successor to FAT32 in the FAT family of file systems. The exFAT file system is a new file system format that addresses the growing needs of mobile personal storage on different operating systems. The exFAT file system handles large files, such as those that are used for media storage, and it enables seamless interoperability between desktop computers and devices, such as portable media devices. Because of this functionality, you can easily copy files between the desktop and external devices or between the desktop and other operating systems.

    After you download the file that is described in the "More Information" section, you will be able to format external media in the exFAT format. Additionally, you will be able to format external media that is larger than 32 GB, and exFAT-formatted media will be recognized on the computer. More improvements of the exFAT file system are described in the "More Information" section.
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    * The article indicates that Vista (and WinCE) are also supported, but presumably at a later time, since there's no other mention and no download for them...
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    Re: New disk file format to replace FAT-32

    According to exFAT - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia was introduced to Vista with SP-1 and to CE with 6.0.

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    Re: New disk file format to replace FAT-32

    <hr>According to exFAT - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia was introduced to Vista with SP-1 and to CE with 6.0.<hr>
    Thanks, Joe - it would have been good if Microsoft had mentioned that in the article.

    I must say this is the first I have heard of this new FAT system...
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    Re: New disk file format to replace FAT-32

    You mean everyone doesn't always keep track of every Microsoft technical document? <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>.

    BTW, since it was released in Vista SP-1 that means it should be in Windows Server 2008 (or is it Windows 2008 Server?).

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    Re: New disk file format to replace FAT-32

    I have no Windows Server 2008, but I'd be interested in the exFAT fix for 2003 v1 and R2!
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    Re: New disk file format to replace FAT-32

    I'll post back here if I run across it.

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    I find this interesting. What is the advantage of exFAT over NTFS?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Palmer View Post
    I find this interesting. What is the advantage of exFAT over NTFS?
    I would choose NTFS every time! There is support within the *nix family for NTFS, whereas exFAT is one of them new-fangled Microsoft innovations. It's just interesting that Microsoft has seen the need to update the FAT format for those inextricably (and inexplicably!) wedded to it!
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